The facts on schools funding

Lies, damned lies and statistics. They have unfortunately been a common feature of the schools funding conversation being had across the country. Unfortunately that conversation has reached a new low now that we have Labor Party activists masquerading as education experts all the while ruthlessly preying on the fears of vulnerable parents to try and…

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Cracking down on crooked child carers

The below opinion piece appeared in The Australian on 11 October 2016: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/family-day-care-rorts-cost-our-childrens-educational-future-dearly/news-story/ff17debda5d83fdc44fbb5a8cbde51bc  Cracking down on crooked child carers Many Australian parents choose family day care for its flexible hours of operation, home-like environment and to keep siblings together. Which is why the rorting of this system by some operators has been so concerning – concerning to…

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Focusing on the schools funding facts

For all the bluster and bluff about schools funding over the past week, families should make sure they arm themselves with the facts to cut through the scaremongering and spin.  1. Current Federal Funding is the Shorten Model Schools and states are receiving federal funding that exactly matches what Labor promised ahead of the 2013…

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Giving teachers tools to support students with learning difficulties

A new Turnbull Government-backed initiative will ensure educators around Australia have access to the latest teaching strategies and practical advice on how to support students with learning difficulties. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s $341,000 funding to DSF Literacy and Clinical Services in Western Australia would ensure the organisation’s new…

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Improving digital literacy in schools

Schools across the country can now apply for grants from the Turnbull Government to deliver digital literacy programs to students in engaging and innovative ways. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2016 Digital Literacy School Grants program supports projects that demonstrate new methods for enhancing digital literacy in schools. “Schools need to…

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Academics lauded for innovative teaching

Enhancing students’ scientific inquiry and encouraging innovation in the teaching of bioethics are just some examples of leading edge university teaching recognised at ceremonies across the country over the coming month. A total of 109 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning will be awarded to university academics as part of the Government’s prestigious 2016…

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